Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney are two of the city`s premiere socialites, giving you their take on what’s hot in and around Cardiff!
Wyburn: Welcome back Wayney boy!
Wayne: Thank you! And thanks to Helen Fulthorpe and all the other guys that filled in for me while I was away. It’s good to be back!
Wyburn: And back with a bang too! How incredible was Las Vegas last month?
Wayne: Seriously, the best time of my life! We saw some great shows, including Britney Spears & Mariah Carey… but the most amazing part of the trip for me was taking the helicopter ride over the Las Vegas strip at night, breathtaking.
Wyburn: Yes, I loved every minute of it. We even managed to attend the opening party at the SKY Art Gallery for their latest Pop Art exhibition. You know me, I’d go to the opening of a letter haha. Las Vegas is an amazing city, I can’t wait to go back.
Wayne: We were literally off the plane and headed straight to Face 11 to host a special music showcase for Britain’s Got Talent. The producers had asked us to scout for some Cardiff talent!
Wyburn: That was so much fun! I hope someone from the showcase makes it on to the television show, I know how much it can change someone’s life first hand.
Wayne: We also got to attend our good friends Belinda and Gareth’s wedding day. I’m not usually a fan of weddings, but it was so much fun and the reception back at 29 Park Place was awesome. The food was yummy! Best burgers I’ve had!
Wyburn: Oh you know I loves a burger! We’ve interviewed so many people this month and they’ve been people I’m a big fan of, such as Melanie C. Can you believe, an actual Spice Girl! I got to present her with a portrait too which she loved. A Spice Girl called me amazing.. Life made. Great moment for me.
Wayne: Mel was fab, as was Christina Bianco at the Sherman Cymru Theatre. She was so sweet and what a voice! Her impersonations are amazing. It was great to hear an American impersonate Dame Shirley Bassey, but for me her take on Celine Dion was spot on.
Wyburn: And of course created Christina’s portrait on a pizza which she loved and shared all over her social media. It was great chatting to Tom Lenk too, he played Andrew in my favourite show of all time, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Such a cool guy.
Wayne: Well done on your art presentations at the Red Head Day UK event as well. That was lots of fun to attend… Gingers everywhere.. It was very bright in that room Wybz.
Wyburn: So much fun, some great performances there too from our girl Helen Fulthorpe and Karl Lund. It’s a good time to be a ginger! We even got to dance with Sam Smith later that night in central London.
Wayne: So cool meeting Sam Smith, such a nice guy. We always have the best time when we visit London don’t we? I was disappointed that our London trip clashed with the Roald Dahl celebrations in Cardiff, that looked so cool. We’re really proud of Cardiff for pulling off such an amazing event. The photos and videos looked incredible. When Cardiff do it, we do it well!
Wyburn: So many cool things have been happening in Cardiff the last month. Louis Smith, multi-Olympic gymnastic medallist, has been in town performing at the New Theatre in ‘Keep Dancing’. I got to meet him and interview him, what a great guy and so talented.
Wayne: When Shakin Stevens did a signing at HMV it was insane! Such large crowds turned out. I got to interview him just before about his new album and his amazing career. Such a legend. This is a guy I idolised when I was about ten years old. Other interviews include Bastille & Rebecca Ferguson.
Wyburn: Well, I’ve now gotta get ready for tonight’s BAFTA Cymru’s Nominations Party at the Sherman Theatre. It’s always a great night and fantastic to see Welsh talent be celebrated. Read all about the event and so much more in next months column.
Wayne: Yes, and we will also be reporting from The BAFTA Cymru Awards ceremony at St. David’s Hall. So lots coming up in the next month!
Cardiffian of the Month
Last month we lost a very special friend, Bernard Poyser. Bernie supported every event we took part in and volunteered with The Great Roath Bake Off. He will be greatly missed by many in Cardiff, especially everyone on the music scene. Bernard had success in the sixties in local band Sons Of Adam and continued to play music throughout his life. So as a tribute from us, we would like to remember Bernard Poyser as a great Cardiffian.